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2004 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Names Roger A. Ray, M.D.

CLEARWATER, Fla., (January 15, 2004) - Morton Plant Mease Health Care is announcing the selection of Roger A. Ray, M.D., M.B.A., FACPE as its new chief medical officer. He will begin at Morton Plant Mease on February 16th.

"Dr. Ray's appointment is the culmination of a highly competitive national search. His colleagues describe his leadership skills with the highest praise, noting his excellent judgement and exceptional reputation as a clinician," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer, Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

"As a professional and an individual, his values - trust, respect, dignity, responsibility and excellence -- mirror those of Morton Plant Mease Health Care. Dr. Ray has the discernment and leadership skills to help take us into the future," Beauchamp noted. As chief medical officer, Dr. Ray will be providing medical expertise in decisions affecting the hospitals' clinical programs, practices and medical staff. "Dr. Ray will be the liaison between our board of directors, physicians and our staff," said Beauchamp.

"Patients expect us to work together for their benefit," stated Dr. Ray. "That is the main task to which I am devoted. The premier health systems in our country five years from now will provide resources -- both technologies and human resources, to support continuously the decisions that physicians make. Further, I believe the premier medical staff of the future will be defined largely by the speed at which best practices are adopted and the consistency with which care is provided. Morton Plant and Mease have deep traditions of high performance, which makes me believe these goals are achievable, but to accomplish them requires a tremendous amount of teamwork."

"There are challenging times ahead for the health care industry, no doubt about it," said Dr. Ray. "However, in spite of that, there will be a few organizations that grow and prosper. In my view those successful organizations will be characterized by disciplined decision making, respectful and collegial physician relations and a restlessness to improve patient care continuously. I believe Morton Plant Mease possesses each of these attributes, and I look forward to being part of this quality health care community."

Prior to accepting the position as chief medical officer, Dr. Ray spent five years at AnMed Health in Anderson, South Carolina where he served as the executive vice president and chief medical officer for the health system, which includes Anderson Area Medical Center, a 560-bed acute care hospital. Physicians throughout the state elected Dr. Ray to serve two terms on the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners and as its president for two years. He also served as an elected medical staff leader for eight years at Anderson Area Medical Center and as a member of the hospital's Board of Trustees for four years.

A native of West Virginia, Dr. Ray earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and his master's in business administration from the University of Colorado. He completed his neurology residency at the Medical College of Georgia.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Ray is a member of many professional organizations and has earned fellowship status in the American College of Physician Executives and the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

"Dr. Ray is uniquely suited to furthering a shared vision with our medical staff, leadership and patient care teams," said Daniel S. Krop, M.D., incoming president of the Morton Plant Hospital Medical Staff. "He has a reputation for being adept at guiding organizations through changes and creating dynamic, effective teams, and has the qualifications necessary to take our organization to greater heights over the next few years."

"We wish to see continued improvement in physician-hospital relationships so that we can collectively navigate the ever-changing climate of health care, while continuing to meet the health care needs of our community," said Patrick A. Cambier, M.D., president of the Mease Hospitals Medical Staff. "Dr. Ray will also be the lead for all phases of our clinical informatics initiative."

Marshall Meadors III, M.D., Trustee of the South Carolina Medical Association stated "during his tenure Dr. Ray has provided exemplary physician leadership, which has helped take the AnMed medical staff to new heights. He is one our state's best and brightest physicians and his relocating will leave a void that will be hard to fill."

Morton Plant Mease's medical staff includes physicians from the community who have received privileges to practice at the following hospitals -- Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Established in 1994, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is a joint venture between Morton Plant Hospital Association Inc. and Mease Hospitals that provides administrative and certain patient care services to Morton Plant and Mease, including medical staff development and training.

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